After years of campaigning by fans of the medium, video game music is finally making its debut in the BBC Proms this year with a performance of several gaming scores presented in a new concert as part of the prestigious Classical Music Festival.
While the Proms is undoubtedly a niche event in only one country, it’s also a pretty significant step in the acceptance of video game scores and the composers behind them as mainstream art worthy of standing alongside “true” classical compositions. Music from film and television has played a part at the Proms for many years, but gaming has always struggled to gain equal recognition.
The video game concert, titled From 8-Bit to Infinity, will take place on Monday August 1st at 7:30pm at London’s Royal Albert Hall, the beautiful 150-year-old venue that has played host to many Final Fantasy -Concerts was the years.
We don’t yet know all of the music featured, but the Gaming Prom page on the BBC website reveals some of what we’ll be hearing.
Four pieces are performed, although it is clear that the concert will include more. As it stands, the largest segment of the concert appears to be a Battlefield 2042 Suite is fourteen minutes of Sagittarius music composed by Hildur Guðnadóttir and Sam Slater. The second largest piece, at eight minutes, is partly taken from Kow Otani’s score Shadow of the Colossus.
Finally, there are two shorter four-minute performances of music from Kingdom Hearts by Yoko Shimomura and Dear Esther by Jessica Curry, who has been particularly tireless in promoting game music in the UK.
These tracks make up about 30 minutes of music. While a runtime for the show is yet to be announced, I’d expect it to last at least 45 minutes or an hour – so that leaves some music as unknown.
Music from “the classic console titles of the 1980s” is not included in the programme, but is mentioned in the description – although it is unclear which games this alleged medley would be about. Being the UK, it’s just as likely that this could be music from the Commodore 64 as it is from the Nintendo Entertainment System. The question is what else could be offered. We’ll find out in full when the prom airs on BBC4 this August.
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